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Swimming in Poole

Poole is a haven for swimmers and there is plenty of experiences to enjoy on the Dorset coast this summer. Poole plays host to a great range of indoor and open-air swimming pools, wild swimming spots, and open water swimming clubs off of Poole's coast. Explore everything about swimming experiences in Poole below and get ready to make a splash!


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Indoor and outdoor open-air swimming pools in Poole and Dorset

Indoor and outdoor open-air swimming pools in Poole and Dorset

David Lloyd Poole

Address: 24 Cabot Ln, Poole BH17 7BX

Information: David Lloyd Club in Poole boasts a luxurious 15metre outdoor open-air swimming pool that is ideal for cooling off in this summer. This members-only venue features state-of-the-art swimming facilities including a 25metre indoor pool and kid’s splash zone in addition to their lido.

Their sun-soaked outdoor swimming pool is open all year round and in the summer is a great place to work on your tan as you relax on the sun loungers or de-stress in their beautiful spa.

David Lloyd certainly stakes a claim as one of the best open-air swimming pools in Poole so enquire now and make a splash this summer.

Centre features:  25metre indoor pool, outdoor swimming pool, kid’s splash zone, luxury gym and spa, and more exclusive member facilities.

Price: Enquire about membership options at David Lloyd Poole here or by clicking below.

Opening/Closing Times: Monday to Friday: 6am-10pm, Saturday and Sunday: 7am-9pm

Phone: 0344 848 4724

Splashdown Water Park

Address: Tower Retail Park, Poole BH12 4NY

Information: Splashdown Water Park is Poole and Dorset's favourite family waterpark consisting of 13 exhilarating indoor and outdoor water slides and three brilliant swimming pools and splash zones, including an outdoor pool and sun lounger area. 

Splashdown is the perfect place for a day out of water-based fun with their thrilling high-action slides providing a fully immersive experience that will have your heart pounding and adrenaline pumping. If you're looking for more than a swimming pool in Poole then make sure to check out this brilliant local waterpark.

Centre features: Water slides, swimming pools, under-5 splash zones, sun loungers, cafe.

Price: Various ticket prices available.

The Dolphin Leisure Centre - Swimming Pool

Address: Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1TN

Information: Poole’s Dolphin Leisure Centre is home to one of Poole’s best and most popular swimming pools making it a great local pool to enjoy a day out swimming with the kids over the school holidays. 

The venue is managed in partnership with Poole’s BCP Council and consists of three pools including a 25metre main pool, a boom pool, and 12metre teaching pool. 

In addition the leisure centre loved by tourists and residents alike also hosts water aerobic classes, swimming lessons and even professional diving boards. If you want a swimming pool local to Poole then make sure to check out The Dolphin Leisure centre.

Centre features: Modern gym, exercise studio, three varies swimming pools, diving boards, and more.

Price: Various day tickets and monthly membership options available.

Rossmore Leisure Centre

Address: Herbert Ave, Parkstone, Poole BH12 4HR

Information: The Rossmore Leisure Centre is a modern and multi-feature sports facility boasting a gym, fitness studio, sports hall, and 25metre swimming pool. 

Offering a variety of swim sessions such as fun swims, lane swimming, and swimming lessons, this great facility is located in the Parkstone area of Poole.

You can sign up for a membership at Rosemore Leisure Centre and use their gym, fitness classes, and brilliant indoor swimming pool to keep fit all-year round, but if you simply want to try out their pool for yourself then make sure to grab your free day pass.

Centre features: Gym, fitness studio, indoor swimming pool.

Price: Various day packages and membership options available. Find out more by clicking below.


Wild swimming and open-water swimming in Poole

Wild swimming and open-water swimming in Poole

Individuality Swimming - Open Water Swimming Lessons

Address: Shore Road Beach (near Sandbanks), Shore Rd, Poole

Information: Individuality Swimming is Poole’s open water swimming specialist, teaching newcomers to the sport how to enjoy swimming along Poole’s shores in a safe and fun environment. 

Taking to the ocean for the first time can be a daunting and dangerous experience if you aren’t sufficiently trained on what to look out for, but this Poole-based swim school takes you through all the steps from dipping into the water for the first time to going on your first solo open water swim. 

Individuality’s qualified professionals run lessons from Poole’s Sandbanks beach every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Lifeguarded: Instructors are lifeguard qualified

Difficulty Rating: 3/5 - You must be a competent swimmer who is able to swim unaided.

Lake Pier, Poole Harbour

Address: 99 Lake Dr, Poole BH15 4LR

Information: Poole’s beautiful and tranquil waters provide the ideal location for a relaxing spot of wild swimming and at Poole Harbour you can dip into Lake Pier. 

Close to the Ham Common nature reserve, this secret lake is one of Poole’s hidden swimming gems and is a great place to bathe in the glistening waters without being disturbed by floods of tourists. 

This is also a great place to watch the sunset during the summer months.

Lifeguarded: No

Difficulty Rating: 2/5 - Calm waters but those unable to swim should take a responsible and competent swimmer with them.

East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club

Address: Shore Road Beach (near Sandbanks), Shore Rd, Poole

Information: The East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club is open to everyone interested in getting involved with challenging swims in the open water spanning across Poole’s shorelines. 

Meeting on Tuesdays at 6pm and Sundays at 9am on Shore Road Beach near Sandbanks, this popular swim club welcomes swimmers of all abilities including newcomers looking to try open water swimming for the first time and more experienced swimmers seeking to join a great swimming club in Poole.  

This popular open water club is run by members who work hard to run a professional setup and those interested can become a new member online or book a taster session to try them out for yourself before deciding. If you’re in Poole and want to join for a one-off swim then you can pay for a guest swim to join in with one of their sessions.

Lifeguarded: Yes

Difficulty Rating: 4/5 - These swims can be challenging so please don’t attend if you aren’t competent in swimming unaided.

Eye Bridge Wimborne

Address: 553 Cowgrove Rd, Wimborne BH21 4EL

Information: Locate just outside of Poole in beautiful neighbouring Wimborne, Eye Bridge is one of Dorset’s most beautiful wild swimming spots surrounded by outstanding bluebell woodlands perfect for a summer stroll. 

Parking is limited in the area so plan ahead and make sure you find somewhere suitable to park before arriving. 

Eye Bridge carries the flow of the River Stour and is a great location near Poole for wild swimming, canoeing, and stand-up paddle-boarding with its gentle current and mix of shallows and deeper areas making it accessible to all swimmers.

Lifeguarded: No

Difficulty Rating: 2/5 - Some deeper areas but also shallows for younger swimmers.

Cutt Mill Wild Swimming

Address: Cutt Mill Ln, Sturminster Newton

Information: Make a splash in one of Dorset’s most beautiful wild swimming locations at Cutt Mill, just a short drive from Poole town centre and bathe in the waters of this historic venue. 

The Mill has a rich history and has stood the test of time having previously been owned by millers and bakers in the lead-up to the Second World War. 

Now it is one of the most naturally beautiful swimming locations found anywhere near Poole with its mix of shallow and deep areas providing a great experience for those of all swimming abilities. 

Lifeguarded: No

Difficulty Rating: 1/5 - Mix of shallow and deeper areas and can accommodate all abilities.

Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

Individuality Swimming - Swimming Lessons Bournemouth and Poole

Address: Various locations around Poole and Bournemouth. Check out their swimming lesson locations HERE.

Information: Individuality Swimming specialises in offering a series of expert-led swimming lessons across a range of abilities and ages including group swimming lessons, adult swimming classes, aqua-natal classes, open water lessons and so much more.

If you're trying to find reliable and highly-recommended swimming instructors near Poole, then check out Individuality Swimming and learn how to swim and have fun in the pool in a safe, no-stress environment.

Lesson Types: Group swimming, adult swimming, parent & baby, one-to-one, aqua-natal, aqua sensory, open water, mermaid.

Price: Various prices depending on lesson type

Phone: 01202 031701

Individuality Swimming Mermaid Lessons

Address: Various locations around Poole and Bournemouth. Check out their swimming lesson locations HERE.

Information: Ever wanted to fulfil your dream of becoming a real-life mermaid? With Poole's Individuality swimming you can turn your children's storybook dreams into reality by booking them onto their mermaid swimming lessons.

These brilliant 90-minute lessons include a full mermaid tail to use along with mermaid training with two of their experienced instructors who teach you all the tricks of swimming like a real mermaid! Class sizes are limited to just six mermaids per session so make sure to book your spot in advance.

Lesson Features: Full mermaid training, mermaid tail to use, 90-minute class with mermaid trainers, and more!

Price: Price on request

Phone: 01202 031701

Adult Swimming Lessons

Address: Various locations around Poole and Bournemouth. Check out their swimming lesson locations HERE.

Information: If you're one of the many adults who can't swim then don't worry because Poole's Individuality Swimming are here to help you change that with their expert-led adult swimming lessons.

With a proven track record of taking those who can't swim to turning them into fully-fledged swimmers, their adult swimming lessons are a great way to learn how to swim in a safe and fun environment. 

They run special one-to-one and two-to-one swimming lessons, tailored to suit your goals, meaning you’ll be out swimming on confidently in no time. 

Lesson Features: Small class sizes, expert training, safe environment and quick progression.

Price: Price on request

Phone: 01202 03170

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